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Improve employee morale with this simple tip.
December 11, 2018

Improve employee morale and reduce network problems with this simple tip.

Look at Links Before You Click
September 6, 2018

One of the most popular ways the bad guys use to trick people is by embedding links into websites that bring the user to web pages that are designed get the user to expose important information, or to install harmful software. It’s important for users to aware, and work to review what they click on, and not blindly follow links.

Don’t assume because you’re in Northern Michigan you’re safe from phishing or scamming
August 21, 2018

On the internet you are nothing more than an IP address (, Facebook profile, LinkedIn profile, or a name on a website. Scammers don’t know or care that Traverse City is a small town. Scammers don’t know or care that you are only “a small business.”

Multi-Factor Authentication – The Fastest Way to Secure Your Business Online
August 17, 2018

Multifactor Authentication, what is it? 

Multi-factor authentication is a digital security feature used on websites and apps that does exactly as it sounds, it brings several factors to the authentication process—bringing more to your digital security than a simple password. This is often described as “something you know, something you have, or something you are.”

5 reasons why you should buy a business grade computer for your business.
August 6, 2018

Periodically I like to review the consumer retailers and what they offer for PC’s, laptops, and other consumer devices. I do this, so I can stay on top of all the options available for my clients. I want to make sure I can best guide my clients in making the best business decisions regarding IT.

4 reasons you will never be secure using your Mirotik, Netgear, Linksys or other consumer grade devices.
July 2, 2018

4 reasons you will never be secure using your Mirotik, Netgear, Linksys or other consumer grade devices.

The VPNFilter vulnerability has opened a lot of eyes to the world of network security. The very thought that a foreign governments military has complete access to our internet life is terrifying. The ramifications of the vulnerability are real, stolen data, stolen identities, theft, and fraud. It should really be no surprise that the VPNFilter vulnerability exists, and here are the reasons why.

Antivirus tips for small business
July 10, 2017

Antivirus tips for small business

Today, I want to talk about antivirus. We had a client the other day ask me, ‘Hey, I’ve spent all this money on antivirus. Do I really need that and is that working for me?’

Security- Application patching
June 26, 2017

I’m Albert Steed with Advanced Computer Solutions talking about small business security kind of progressing from antivirus to Microsoft’s patching, so your OS and maybe your Office tools, Excel and Word.

How Real is a Ransomware Attack Threat?
May 22, 2017

“Have you heard about the lonesome loser? He’s a loser but he still keeps on trying!” The Little River Band made these lyrics famous in 1979. But as great a song as that was, today I want to talk about data loss and how we keep trying and keep losing the battle.

Small Business Software Tips
May 19, 2017

Learn about the software ACS uses to run its business!

So, you’re thinking of managing your own network security.
May 16, 2017

Many business owners wear more hats than can usually be considered safe. They are often managers, supervisors, trainers, accountants, bookkeepers, maintenance, drivers, and all too often IT support. There’s an old adage that goes: “he who is a Jack of all trades is a master of none” and that holds especially true in the IT support and security world.

Ransomware is a constant threat
May 27, 2016

Ransomware is a real threat to both businesses and consumers.

Why do we recommend managed security for everyone?
May 26, 2016

I can hear you saying it "I only check my email, do some banking and read the New York Times, the free virus protection I have on my computer should work just fine!" I'm here to tell you, YOUR WRONG.

Essentials for Working from Mobile Devices
April 16, 2015


While working with a mobile device means you can get work done from anywhere, there is always a little set up that needs to be done to be able to do that.   Here are 5 tips for being able to work from your mobile device.

Easy Web Productivity Tip - Open Multiple Tabs on Startup in Google Chrome
March 12, 2013

Recently, I was set up with a new computer to do my work on.  Since I do all my work on the cloud, each time I go into my office to get ready to work for the day, I have to open up at least 5 different tabs on my web browser just to get started. 


HP Laserjet m2727 all in one installation
June 19, 2012

Installing a laserjet m2727 all in one on a network to a windows 7 PC.  Sounds simple?  It should be, but of course it may not be, depending on what you did BEFORE you decided to install it! My client was in a rush to get some printing done.

Legal assistants, adding calendar events via outlook by the number of days they are to take place.
May 21, 2012

In the world of lawyers and the law there is often a need to establish events that happen after a certain number of days.  In 30 days file this, or in 60 days this needs to be done.  Now this doesn't happen too often in my world.